Past features

Past features

Teams of the Decade #11: Valencia 2001-04

January 29, 2010
Teams of the Decade #11: Valencia 2001-04

There’s some debate about who first used the 4-2-3-1 formation that became so popular across Europe in the 2000s. It probably started its development in the mid-90s, and some would point to Manchester United of 1994 as a forerunner, and perhaps Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side and Real Madrid under John Toshack have claims to...
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How the 2000s changed tactics #7: Squad rotation

January 28, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #7: Squad rotation

Although this doesn’t directly concern on-field tactics, the concept of squad rotation has become almost mandatory for the top sides in Europe, and has a large impact on the team selection of the managers concerned.
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Teams of the Decade #12: Brazil 2002

January 28, 2010
Teams of the Decade #12: Brazil 2002

It’s easy to forget what a mess Brazil were in just months before the 2002 World Cup. They had their worst-ever qualification campaign for the tournament, and Luiz Felipe Scolari only took over in June 2001, with Brazil sitting outside the qualification places. Scolari struggled through – he lost his first game, but Brazil...
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If you don’t buy a ticket, you don’t win the lottery…

January 27, 2010

…and by the same token, if you don’t get shots on target in football games, you don’t score goals. You don’t really need chalkboard analysis to describe how bad Liverpool are, but here is some evidence for you. In their past two away games, Liverpool have had a grand total of two shots on target. One...
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League comparison #2: crossing

January 26, 2010
League comparison #2: crossing

In part one, we looked at the differences between the Premiership, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in terms of passing. Here, we turn to crossing. Firstly, the number of crosses attempted per game in the five leagues: Serie A sees by far the highest amount of crosses, with the Bundesliga trailing significantly. There’s...
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